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Amanda’s heart broke as she watched them drive her beloved twins away. She resolved to hope . . . and to fight for them to her last breath. Kara and Lizzie are heiresses to one of the largest fortunes in the country. But when their father dies suddenly, the toddlers are taken from the arms of Amanda, their loving stepmother, and given to relatives who only want the chil Amanda’s heart broke as she watched them drive her beloved twins away. She resolved to hope . . . and to fight for them to her last breath. Kara and Lizzie are heiresses to one of the largest fortunes in the country. But when their father dies suddenly, the toddlers are taken from the arms of Amanda, their loving stepmother, and given to relatives who only want the children’s fortune for themselves.Kara and Lizzie grow up questioning their worth . . . until the day when they learn the truth.Intensely involving, emotionally charged, and infused with hope, Covenant Child is an inspiring story that challenges us to embrace the life God holds out to us.“Blackstock is a masterful writer . . .” —Christian Retailing


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Amanda’s heart broke as she watched them drive her beloved twins away. She resolved to hope . . . and to fight for them to her last breath. Kara and Lizzie are heiresses to one of the largest fortunes in the country. But when their father dies suddenly, the toddlers are taken from the arms of Amanda, their loving stepmother, and given to relatives who only want the chil Amanda’s heart broke as she watched them drive her beloved twins away. She resolved to hope . . . and to fight for them to her last breath. Kara and Lizzie are heiresses to one of the largest fortunes in the country. But when their father dies suddenly, the toddlers are taken from the arms of Amanda, their loving stepmother, and given to relatives who only want the children’s fortune for themselves.Kara and Lizzie grow up questioning their worth . . . until the day when they learn the truth.Intensely involving, emotionally charged, and infused with hope, Covenant Child is an inspiring story that challenges us to embrace the life God holds out to us.“Blackstock is a masterful writer . . .” —Christian Retailing

30 review for Covenant Child: A Story of Promises Kept (Women of Faith)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I first read COVENANT CHILD by Terri Blackstock back in 2001, I think, when it was first released. I was starting my second year of college, majoring in Philosophy, and I thought I was quite the little Socrates -- philosophizing everywhere, knowledge over emotion, asserting my young rebellion with my newly discovered vocabulary of important terms and educated concepts. In my early, rough stages of rating books, I slapped this one with a one star (or whatever the chosen method was at that time), I first read COVENANT CHILD by Terri Blackstock back in 2001, I think, when it was first released. I was starting my second year of college, majoring in Philosophy, and I thought I was quite the little Socrates -- philosophizing everywhere, knowledge over emotion, asserting my young rebellion with my newly discovered vocabulary of important terms and educated concepts. In my early, rough stages of rating books, I slapped this one with a one star (or whatever the chosen method was at that time), notating only that it was overly sappy and disgustingly sentimental. With my mind focused on "bigger" problems of metaphysics and epistemology, I thought this to be enough of a review to remind myself and others to steer clear of similar books in the future. Fast-forward 10 years or so after new grown up experiences of utter betrayal, a broken engagement, a manipulating ex, a series of tragic losses, and a complete and utter jumbled confusion about the role of an educated mind in my current life-style. Coming home from another heart-wrenching funeral, I found COVENANT CHILD on my NetGalley list and decided to give it a try. Remembering my one-star review of years past, I really wasn't expecting much -- but I was open enough for the slight possibility that I would enjoy it more this time around. I suppose there's an amazing degree to which one's enjoyment of the book is related more to the personality and situation of the current moment, despite the fact that one may like to see herself as a firmly unbiased, reasonable reviewer, right? For whatever reason, my mind was definitely changed on this one. Beginning with plot -- Lizzie and Kara have everything that two beautiful young twins could possibly want out of life. They have an adoring father, who happens to be the heir to a billion dollar family fortune, although he currently renounces the money and vows to do whatever it takes to make it through life with his precious children -- without daddy's dollar. They have Amanda, the doting step-mother who recently married their father and promised him she would make it her mission to be the mother the girls needed after the death of their birth mother. Life is full of fun, games, hugs, and kisses, and nothing could be more perfect... ...Until, that is, the twins' father and grandparents die in a plane accident, leaving young Amanda alone to care for the girls. Always thinking of his childrens' future, Jack made sure that Amanda and the girls would have access to his fortune, ensuring they would nurtured and supported their entire lives. Except, Lizzie and Kara's maternal grandparents have gotten word of the billion-dollar babies, quickly suing for custody -- along with a settlement of $300,000 a year to house and provide for the twins. Greedy and heartless to the core, the grandparents squander the money in the casinos, leaving the twins to fend for themselves in a filthy trailer where they share a ratty mattress and have only one another for comfort. As they age, the twins' heads are filled with lies about Amanda, as their grandparents assure the girls that Amanda was a heartless murderer who killed their father and stole their fortune. Hoping that Lizzie and Kara will sue for their billions on their 18th birthday, the grandparents abuse the children into submission, confident they will believe the lies and be gracious enough to share the money once the settlement is finalized. But, Amanda comes back on the twins' 18th birthday, assuring them that she can bring them to her mansion where they will be educated, nurtured, and comfortable in the life she intended for them. She promised Jack, years ago, that she would care for the girls and reinstate whatever they had lost -- but is this really too good to be true? Does Amanda have ulterior motives? I think, in my first reading of COVENANT CHILD, I had been brutally stuck on the fact that everywhere here felt so unrealistic. I wrote it off as a fairy tale and never looked back, preferring to spend my time with more "serious" literature. So now, years later, I feel like maybe I missed the point. Maybe it IS completely unrealistic -- and maybe that is entirely irrelevant to the author's intentions. If she had set out to create a story that documents real-life events as they naturally occur, surely the subject matter and the outcome would have been different, no? So, then, what was her point? I can only imagine that the real point of COVENANT CHILD is to use an idealized tale to really illustrate (to the disillusioned reader) the concepts of love, grace, and forgiveness. What would grace really look like, simplified in a way that would teach troubled minds? How can someone really depict heartfelt forgiveness in a society full of ulterior motives? I'm glad I gave this story a chance this time around, and I definitely did thoroughly enjoy the book. I think it was particularly fitting to certain events in my life now, and I wouldn't hesitate to read more by Blackstock in the future.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    Compellingly readable, "Covenant Child" is a contemporary inspirational built solidly upon Biblical truths. A story that touches the heart, mind, and soul. The overall story and situational circumstances are essentially realistic and heartfelt. Some of the finer details such as legal issues, police procedures, and overdrawn characterizations - not so much. Creative liberties taken for the end to fit the means are plainly evident. On one hand, I was totally engrossed in the story. I truly connect Compellingly readable, "Covenant Child" is a contemporary inspirational built solidly upon Biblical truths. A story that touches the heart, mind, and soul. The overall story and situational circumstances are essentially realistic and heartfelt. Some of the finer details such as legal issues, police procedures, and overdrawn characterizations - not so much. Creative liberties taken for the end to fit the means are plainly evident. On one hand, I was totally engrossed in the story. I truly connected with the twins. On the other, the lack of realism with police/legal procedures and the fast-lane story set up somewhat irked me. Especially as the book deals with some heavy hitting topics: gambling addiction, child neglect, juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy, abortion. Then again, it is a blend of true-to-life fiction and a inspirational parable. THREE *** Contemporary Inspirational, Christion Fiction *** STARS

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    by Andrea Renee Cox The cover of this book was the reason I chose it. The lighting, the wheat in the background, the child walking away... they all came together so beautifully that I couldn't resist seeing if the story inside would match up to it. I really liked the emotional impact of this book. One woman's undying love for her stepdaughters shone through all the muck of inappropriate content that disappointed me. The search for redemption and restoration was the thread that kept me reading when by Andrea Renee Cox The cover of this book was the reason I chose it. The lighting, the wheat in the background, the child walking away... they all came together so beautifully that I couldn't resist seeing if the story inside would match up to it. I really liked the emotional impact of this book. One woman's undying love for her stepdaughters shone through all the muck of inappropriate content that disappointed me. The search for redemption and restoration was the thread that kept me reading when the content became overwhelming. This was an okay story about a prodigal-type child. The narrator of the audio version, Kirsten Potter, did a fantastic job. I'd love to listen to more audio books read by her. Content (includes spoilers): * gambling and teen gambling * tobacco * stealing/shoplifting * teen drinking and other alcohol use * child abuse * fake IDs * pre-marital sex and teen pregnancy * abortion * school drop-outs * insinuations * tattoos * physical abuse I'll try another book by this author, but I'll be wary going in. Normally, I don't read more by an author after all of the content issues found in this one, but I've heard Ms. Blackstock is dynamite at suspense writing. I'll try one to see if I agree. I was not compensated for my honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    2.5 stars, I felt like the ending was rushed.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarita

    I flew through the first 42%. The story of Amanda and the twins was captivating and heart breaking. But around halfway I lost a bit of interest. The downward spiral of the girls was hard to read and I think I would have liked to see some more about Amanda's journey. It was a great story/visual of the prodigal son and no matter how bad we mess up, God will never turn us away.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Arlena Dean

    Author: Terry Blackstock Published by: Thomas Nelson Publishers Age Recommend: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Raven Rating: 5 Blog Review For: GMTA Review: "Covenant Child" by Terri Blackstock was truly a well written story Christian fiction making this an exceptional good read. This author is truly one that can bring it hometo all of us.... for she knows who to keep the reader spellbound until the end. This novel was definitely one I was not able to put down until I had finished it. From the twins los Author: Terry Blackstock Published by: Thomas Nelson Publishers Age Recommend: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Raven Rating: 5 Blog Review For: GMTA Review: "Covenant Child" by Terri Blackstock was truly a well written story Christian fiction making this an exceptional good read. This author is truly one that can bring it hometo all of us.... for she knows who to keep the reader spellbound until the end. This novel was definitely one I was not able to put down until I had finished it. From the twins losing their mom....then their dad...his parents and even Amanda(step-mother) for a time...living with those evil grandparents(who loved off the twins money)...for these 'billionaire babies' were now living in poverty...definitely a family ripped apart by death and greed....until the twins turned 18... now they could choose between the two lifestyles...which truth would Lizzy and Kara choose? ...lies...of what they had been told by those greedy grandparents or the truth from Amanda...which would be a new life for both of the twins. Amanda was my favorite character in this novel.... for she was a stepmother that cared deeply for the twins and loved God. Thank God for the friends she had (Joan and Matt) that helped her and helped Amanda to know that God would see her through all of this...just leave it in His hands. Amanda had promised her husband(Jack) that she would take care of his twin girls...should something happen....when it did and it looked like this would not be done.... I will only say their is no limit to a mother's love.. how far she will go....Well, I am going to stop here and just let you read about this in this wonderful read of "Covenant Child." The big question is Will the twins except the truth that will change their lives or not? The author did a great job with us understanding ...Amanda, Kara, Lizzy, greedy grandparents (maternal) and the boy to men relationships. The details were well noted and the interactions were very vivid in this wonderful novel. Amazing novel and a very moving story is all I can truly say about "Covenant Child." This was definitely a wonderful photo of God's love for us. If you are in for a excellent read...this read is for you.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was put together real well and everything from the beginning to the very end was exciting.I was just so hooked fromt he start. This book was right up my ally since I love reading about children being raised by awful people and then making a better life for themselves. After Amanda didn't win custody, the girls went to live with their grandparents where they were beaten and thrown in closets. They lived in a filthy trailer and they tell the girls that Aman I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was put together real well and everything from the beginning to the very end was exciting.I was just so hooked fromt he start. This book was right up my ally since I love reading about children being raised by awful people and then making a better life for themselves. After Amanda didn't win custody, the girls went to live with their grandparents where they were beaten and thrown in closets. They lived in a filthy trailer and they tell the girls that Amanda was the one that killed their parents so she could get all their money. Very good book! Definitely a keeper!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    A beautiful story of redemption, restoration, and everlasting love. It's a page-turner...I couldn't put it down!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    In this modern spin on the parable of the prodigal son, Blackstock introduces readers to Lizzie and Kara, twin girls who are heiresses to a large fortune. When their father dies, the girls are ripped from the arms of Amanda, the stepmom who loves them as her own, and given to their grandparents, who care nothing for the girls. Will Amanda be able to get her girls back, or will they live without ever knowing their true worth? Told from Kara's point of view, this novel beautifully shares the story In this modern spin on the parable of the prodigal son, Blackstock introduces readers to Lizzie and Kara, twin girls who are heiresses to a large fortune. When their father dies, the girls are ripped from the arms of Amanda, the stepmom who loves them as her own, and given to their grandparents, who care nothing for the girls. Will Amanda be able to get her girls back, or will they live without ever knowing their true worth? Told from Kara's point of view, this novel beautifully shares the story of unending love: the love of a mother who never gives up just like the heavenly Father never gives up on His children. Without being preachy, the novel reminds readers of God's open arms waiting to embrace the ones who walked away from the fortune He has for them. The book starts when the girls are three and continues past their 18th birthdays, but the plot doesn't feel choppy or rushed. The characters are authentic, and I felt such sympathy for the girls and rooted for them to overcome the odds. I also loved that this book was about the love of a parent, not a romantic love. So many Christian fiction books focus on the love between a man and woman, but the love of a parent is so important too and it's nice to see that relationship explored in fiction. Overall, this a great book. Fans of Christian fiction will enjoy this book about unwavering love, but Terri Blackstock fans should be warned that this is not one of her suspense books....just as good though. I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    From the way this novel was written, to the characters filling to the pages, to the story that grabbed my heart, “Covenant Child” is a novel to be cherished and shared. I can’t honestly say I “enjoyed” this story as a means of pure entertainment. The story is exceptional, don’t get me wrong, but because of the strong subject matter, it quickly becomes a story that I wanted to see redeemed. The main character of Kara is a bitter young woman and if the story weren’t written from her perspective, From the way this novel was written, to the characters filling to the pages, to the story that grabbed my heart, “Covenant Child” is a novel to be cherished and shared. I can’t honestly say I “enjoyed” this story as a means of pure entertainment. The story is exceptional, don’t get me wrong, but because of the strong subject matter, it quickly becomes a story that I wanted to see redeemed. The main character of Kara is a bitter young woman and if the story weren’t written from her perspective, as one who stands back and looks back on her life, I think I would have become fatigued with her. But to see the struggles of Kara and Lizzie and not have your heart wrenched is an impossibility. The story is gripping from one chapter to the next moving on a swift emotional roller coaster. My heart was jerked more than one time. I loved that the story was first person, it truly came alive. Though I would have loved to experience the story from Amanda’s point of view. I believe this is a rerelease from a previous edition, but the story is timeless. A stirring story from a masterful story teller and a wonderful allegory for God’s unending grace and love. This review is my honest opinion. My thanks to the publisher for my copy to review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    Terri Blackstock's Covenant Child is a modern day "prodigal child" story. This novel captured my attention from page 1 until the very end. I read it in just one day as I had to find out what was going to happen next to twins Kara and Lizzie. The story line is very realistic and well developed. The characters are normal every day people with their flaws, foibles, and strengths that draw them in to both good and bad decisions. Blackstock does an excellent job of showing Amanda's never ending love Terri Blackstock's Covenant Child is a modern day "prodigal child" story. This novel captured my attention from page 1 until the very end. I read it in just one day as I had to find out what was going to happen next to twins Kara and Lizzie. The story line is very realistic and well developed. The characters are normal every day people with their flaws, foibles, and strengths that draw them in to both good and bad decisions. Blackstock does an excellent job of showing Amanda's never ending love and forgiveness for the twins just as God does the same for each of his children.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shelbie

    A modern-day picture of the Prodigal Son, Kara Holbrooke was born heiress to her billionaire grandfather's estate. But her other grandparents, in a series of wild events, got custody of Kara and her twin sister Lizzie before they were old enough to remember. Raised on "the other side of the tracks by money-hungry grandparents, Kara grows hard and distrustful of anyone who claims to love her without motive. This book illustrates the emptiness and blindness of rebellion while illustrating the journ A modern-day picture of the Prodigal Son, Kara Holbrooke was born heiress to her billionaire grandfather's estate. But her other grandparents, in a series of wild events, got custody of Kara and her twin sister Lizzie before they were old enough to remember. Raised on "the other side of the tracks by money-hungry grandparents, Kara grows hard and distrustful of anyone who claims to love her without motive. This book illustrates the emptiness and blindness of rebellion while illustrating the journey of a wandering child who finally finds out what redeeming, covenant love is all about.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anna Todd

    Blackstock does not disappoint in this profoundly moving story about a set of twins in a very unique situation. This is a must read!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Excellent book by Terri Blackstock. Similar to The Prodigal Son, yet much more in depth. A reminder on how to pursue even when God's answer is "wait" or "not now"

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Jo

    The writing in this was just so juvenile to me - just for me... wasn't my speed of reading. I read this thing in one day because it was just too easy to get through.... & then the story just aggravated me. The hillbilly talk, the too simple plot. & then the ending was just so abrupt... I was not thrilled with this one. The writing in this was just so juvenile to me - just for me... wasn't my speed of reading. I read this thing in one day because it was just too easy to get through.... & then the story just aggravated me. The hillbilly talk, the too simple plot. & then the ending was just so abrupt... I was not thrilled with this one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Wonderful allegory of God's love for us! Very interesting and hard to put down.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emily Ray

    In Terri Blackstock’s Covenant Child, three year old twins Kara and Lizzie Holbrook are torn from their fairy tail lives when their newly wed father, Jack, is killed in a plane crash. Their new mother, Amanda, inherited all of Jack’s possessions, but to her despair, lost custody of the twins to their distant, abusive grandparents. Growing up in such a bad home life, Kara and Lizzie become “hard drinking, shoplifting, and promiscuous teenagers.” All the while, Amanda is trying to gain custody of In Terri Blackstock’s Covenant Child, three year old twins Kara and Lizzie Holbrook are torn from their fairy tail lives when their newly wed father, Jack, is killed in a plane crash. Their new mother, Amanda, inherited all of Jack’s possessions, but to her despair, lost custody of the twins to their distant, abusive grandparents. Growing up in such a bad home life, Kara and Lizzie become “hard drinking, shoplifting, and promiscuous teenagers.” All the while, Amanda is trying to gain custody of the twins and give them a life of love, safety, and hope. “But when all you have known is deprivation, how can you believe the gift of grace? When you have been lied to for so long, how can you ever know the truth?” I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Terri Blackstock used real life, modern situations such as abuse, abortion, sex, and drinking to form round characters and to help the reader connect to the characters. Throughout Covenant Child the reader gets inside the minds of the main characters, Kara and Lizzie. I felt like I knew all of their emotions while the characters were going through difficult situations. My favorite part of Covenant Child is the conclusion. Terri Blackstock connects the story of the Holbrook twins and Amanda’s struggle for custody to God’s grace and love for us. The ending is full of details and excitement and drama. I was unaware of the connection the entire time I was reading this book, however when Blackstock plainly stated the connection it was very clear to me and the story came together. My least favorite part of Covenant Child is not my least favorite because of its lack of details or it was poorly written, it is my least favorite part for the complete opposite reasons. The amount of details and emotions I felt while reading is the reason it was my least favorite part. In this section of the book, one of the twins is having an abortion. It is a very real life, heartbreaking situation. While reading, I felt rage, misunderstanding of the girl’s actions, disbelief, sad. While reading Covenant Child I felt so blessed realizing and knowing that situations like the twins are put in occur in every day life, but thankfully, I have been secluded from them my whole life. While reading I became more thankful for my safe, loving home life. But, on the other hand, the story devastated me when I become conscious that people actually go through abusive homes, pre-marital sex, abortions, drinking, thefts, and deprived lives such as in the Covenant Child. I would recommend Terri Blackstock’s Covenant Child to those wanting to read and exhilaration, cliff- hanger book with a lot of action and excitement. I would also suggest that this book be read by those who believe in and have accepted the gift of God’s grace. It would not be necessary in order to enjoy Covenant Child but the story is so much more relevant and meaningful if you have these beliefs.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nikole Hahn

    Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock hit an emotional spring inside of me. In so many ways, the thoughts and motivations of her characters felt familiar. Kara and Lizzie Holbrooke are the twin little girls of son of millionaire, Jack Holbrooke. In a display of contempt for his father's legacy, Jack insists that his father give his piece of the inheritance to Christian charities. Jack is a widower and meets Amanda. He falls in love and they marry. Amanda can't have children. She is delighted to be t Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock hit an emotional spring inside of me. In so many ways, the thoughts and motivations of her characters felt familiar. Kara and Lizzie Holbrooke are the twin little girls of son of millionaire, Jack Holbrooke. In a display of contempt for his father's legacy, Jack insists that his father give his piece of the inheritance to Christian charities. Jack is a widower and meets Amanda. He falls in love and they marry. Amanda can't have children. She is delighted to be the step-mother to Kara and Lizzie. But life doesn't always work out the way we plan. Jack and his parents die in a plane crash. Amanda loses both her father and those children during court precedings as the inheritance creates more problems and distractions. Lizzie and Kara are forced to live with two fortune-hunting relatives from their mother's family, while Amanda takes over the family corporation to take care of Lizzy and Kara's legacy. Amanda pursues them throughout their life, praying for them, and taking care of them when they get into trouble. Blackstock tells the tale via Kara, the more cyncial of the two twins. In a truly poignant moment, Kara says: "I sometimes try to remember back to the days before we were three, but my memories are tainted with the lies I've been taught and the pictures I've seen. I can't quite sift out real recollections from my faulty assumptions, but I do know that the things I've laid out here are true. Not because I remember them, but because I've studied all the sides, heard all the tales, read all the reports...and a few things have emerged with absolute clarity." - 2% into the novel. Then, Kara begins the tale backwards. It's Kara's voice throughout the story, but it's an omniscient point of view as we know both Amanda and Jack's thoughts and motivations when they first meet before it changes and becomes solely Kara's point of view after they are taken from Amanda. Kara and Lizzie's minds are poisoned by their grandparents as the grandparents work to control them. They burn through the court settlement with the intentions of taking everything from Amanda when the children are of age to pursue the whole inheritance that will have tripled in worth. While Lizzie reaches out for light, Kara clings to the dark because it's familiar. At eighteen, Amanda returns and like the story of the prodigal son, Lizzie goes with Amanda while Kara sells her grandmother's pearls at a pawn shop. It's a story both gruesome and haunting in details as it takes us into the reality of the twins life from the threat of molestation to abortion. I've never read a Blackstock novel quite like this one. I gave it five stars. *book given by author to review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock (2001, Thomas Nelson) is a standalone contemporary Christian novel. A good friend of mine recommended it (and loaned it to me). The 2012 edition, which is what I read, has an additional chapter. I can only presume that it’s the epilogue at the end, and if that’s the case, I’d definitely recommend the 2012 edition. Amanda unknowingly falls in love with the son of a billionaire, Jack Holbrooke. Jack preferred to live a simpler life and previously told his father Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock (2001, Thomas Nelson) is a standalone contemporary Christian novel. A good friend of mine recommended it (and loaned it to me). The 2012 edition, which is what I read, has an additional chapter. I can only presume that it’s the epilogue at the end, and if that’s the case, I’d definitely recommend the 2012 edition. Amanda unknowingly falls in love with the son of a billionaire, Jack Holbrooke. Jack preferred to live a simpler life and previously told his father not to leave his billions to Jack in his will. Amanda and Jack marry, and Amanda becomes a doting mother to his twin toddler girls, Kara and Lizzy. Six months into their marriage, before Amanda’s adoption of the twins is final, Jack and his parents die in a plane crash. Kara and Lizzy’s grandparents die first, leaving their fortune to their son, who in turn leaves it to Amanda. The girls become known as the billion dollar babies, and their maternal grandparents step into the picture and end up winning a custody battle for the girls. Amanda is left with the billions she doesn’t want and without girls she does want. The grandparents get the girls, but not control of the fortune, which is what they want. Covenant Child is Kara’s story. What I liked: *This book is a most impressive allegory for salvation through Christ. It’s very clever, in fact. It by no means feels preachy since it is Kara’s story, and Kara is not a Christian. *The writing is very good. I am always grateful for high quality writing! What I didn’t like: *It is a bit too gripping for me! I wanted to keep reading because I kept looking for that elusive happy ending and because I had no idea where things would go next. Several nights in a row, I switched to a Margaret Brownley book when things were too intense, because I was afraid my sleep would be disturbed if I didn’t! *It was a bit difficult reading about a main character that I didn’t like much while completely sympathizing with her. ---------------------------------- I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone struggling with the concept of salvation through Jesus Christ or to anyone who really loves a gripping tale (and doesn’t mind a bit of angst). I don’t think I’ll be reading more Terri Blackstock because she’s not in my preferred genre and this tale was a bit too intense for me! However, I want to emphasize that she is a great author!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I have a hard time giving a book 5 starts...but this story was very good, maybe to short with only 7 disks is the only downfall. THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY (view spoiler)[Beginning with plot -- Lizzie and Kara have everything that two beautiful young twins could possibly want out of life. They have an adoring father, who happens to be the h I have a hard time giving a book 5 starts...but this story was very good, maybe to short with only 7 disks is the only downfall. THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY (view spoiler)[Beginning with plot -- Lizzie and Kara have everything that two beautiful young twins could possibly want out of life. They have an adoring father, who happens to be the heir to a billion dollar family fortune, although he currently renounces the money and vows to do whatever it takes to make it through life with his precious children -- without daddy's dollar. They have Amanda, the doting step-mother who recently married their father and promised him she would make it her mission to be the mother the girls needed after the death of their birth mother. Life is full of fun, games, hugs, and kisses, and nothing could be more perfect... ...Until, that is, the twins' father and grandparents die in a plane accident, leaving young Amanda alone to care for the girls. Always thinking of his childrens' future, Jack made sure that Amanda and the girls would have access to his fortune, ensuring they would nurtured and supported their entire lives. Except, Lizzie and Kara's maternal grandparents have gotten word of the billion-dollar babies, quickly suing for custody -- along with a settlement of $300,000 a year to house and provide for the twins. Greedy and heartless to the core, the grandparents squander the money in the casinos, leaving the twins to fend for themselves in a filthy trailer where they share a ratty mattress and have only one another for comfort. As they age, the twins' heads are filled with lies about Amanda, as their grandparents assure the girls that Amanda was a heartless murderer who killed their father and stole their fortune. Hoping that Lizzie and Kara will sue for their billions on their 18th birthday, the grandparents abuse the children into submission, confident they will believe the lies and be gracious enough to share the money once the settlement is finalized. But, Amanda comes back on the twins' 18th birthday, assuring them that she can bring them to her mansion where they will be educated, nurtured, and comfortable in the life she intended for them. She promised Jack, years ago, that she would care for the girls and reinstate whatever they had lost -- but is this really too good to be true? Does Amanda have ulterior motives? (hide spoiler)] *** Amanda's heart broke as she watched them drive her beloved twins away. She resolved to hope...and to fight for them until her last breath. Kara and Lizzie are heiresses to one of the largest fortunes in the country. But when their father dies suddenly, the toddlers are taken from the arms of Amanda, their loving stepmother, and given to relatives who only want the children's fortune for themselves. Kara and Lizzie grow up questioning their worth . . . until the day when they learn the truth. Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock was a beautiful analogy of the love and patience of God and the salvation He gives to His lost children. The plot line was woven with both the perspective of Kara, one of the two children, and Amanda, the loving stepmother. While the story was supposed to have an obvious ending because of its metaphorical nature, the steps to reaching that ending were unexpected and kept me engrossed in the twists and turns of the novel. The characters of this novel were well developed and realistic. Amanda was an incredible mother, and she showed amazing strength and patience as she trusted God with the care of her children for eighteen years. She laid down her own desires and plans in order to maintain Lizzie and Kara's fortune until they were legally allowed to return and claim it. Lizzie and Kara, while twins, had very different characteristics. Lizzie was quick to return to both Amanda and God and accept the life held in trust for her. Kara, on the other hand, was like the older son in the parable of the prodigal son and like many of us when we are given the opportunity to receive salvation from God. We turn away and prefer to live in the hardships and heartache of sin. The themes of this novel were excellent and clearly portrayed. These themes included the love offered by our Father and the inheritance that is held in trust for us by God until the time when we leave our stubbornness and sin and come into His arms. Overall, Covenant Child was a beautiful picture of the love of our Father and His never failing patience as He waits for us with open arms and blessings. ** Paul Holbrooke is a billionaire many times over. His son, Jack, is a pilot and has asked to be left out of Paul’s will and instead to donate the estate and Jack’s inheritance to Christian charities. Jack’s wife dies weeks after giving birth to their twin daughters, Lizzie and Kara. When the twins are three, Jack remarries Amanda. Within six months Paul, his wife (who I believe is unnamed) are being flown by Jack to a wedding. Only they never arrive. Their plane crashes killing all of them. Paul’s will leaves everything to Jack and since Jack does not die until hours after his parents, he inherits it. He leaves everything to Amanda and has asked that she take care of his children. Of course she agrees. Only the day of the funeral, Eloise and Deke, Jack’s first wife’s parents, show up expecting to take the girls home with them as their closest living blood relative. Amanda battles it out, the adoption has been put in motion but had not yet been completed. Ultimately she loses the girls who spend the next fifteen years living as poverty stricken, abused children when they are heiresses to a vast fortune. The spiritual implications in this book are staggering. I couldn’t help but think over and over, “Man! I live just like they do! I have a vast inheritance and I’m choosing to live the lie.” *** Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock is a loose modern retelling of the Parable of The Prodigal Son. In the beginning we meet twins Kara and Lizzie , their father Jack and Stepmother Amanda. They lived as a happy family, away from the spotlight of Jack's billionaire father. All was well until tragedy struck and not only did Jack's parents die but also Jack himself in a tragic plane accident. Soon Amanda is left as heiress to the fortune and stepmother to the two little twins. The news of the money though gets out and out from the woodwork appears Sherry's parents - the girls grandparents from their mother's side wanting custody of the girls and their money. Amanda not having a leg to stand on, loses out and soon begins the journey and story of two little rich girls who were deprived of what really should have been theirs all along. On their eighteenth birthday, Amanda strikes out to the girls and is received with mixed emotions- Lizzie is happy to see her and moves in with Amanda but Kara - believing the lies that she has been told and out to think that Amanda robbed them of her fortune takes a stroll down the opposite path , a path of destruction,lies and eventually pain and hurt. Can Lizzie and Amanda convince Kara, that this is the way for her or will it have to take another tragedy to occur for Kara- the prodigal daughter to find her way home ?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Renn Shearin

    Amanda's heart broke as she watched them drive her beloved twins away. She resolved to hope...and to fight for them until her last breath. Kara and Lizzie are heiresses to one of the largest fortunes in the country. But when their father dies suddenly, the toddlers are taken from the arms of Amanda, their loving stepmother, and given to relatives who only want the children's fortune for themselves. Kara and Lizzie grow up questioning their worth . . . until the day when they learn the truth. Covena Amanda's heart broke as she watched them drive her beloved twins away. She resolved to hope...and to fight for them until her last breath. Kara and Lizzie are heiresses to one of the largest fortunes in the country. But when their father dies suddenly, the toddlers are taken from the arms of Amanda, their loving stepmother, and given to relatives who only want the children's fortune for themselves. Kara and Lizzie grow up questioning their worth . . . until the day when they learn the truth. Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock was a beautiful analogy of the love and patience of God and the salvation He gives to His lost children. The plot line was woven with both the perspective of Kara, one of the two children, and Amanda, the loving stepmother. While the story was supposed to have an obvious ending because of its metaphorical nature, the steps to reaching that ending were unexpected and kept me engrossed in the twists and turns of the novel. The characters of this novel were well developed and realistic. Amanda was an incredible mother, and she showed amazing strength and patience as she trusted God with the care of her children for eighteen years. She laid down her own desires and plans in order to maintain Lizzie and Kara's fortune until they were legally allowed to return and claim it. Lizzie and Kara, while twins, had very different characteristics. Lizzie was quick to return to both Amanda and God and accept the life held in trust for her. Kara, on the other hand, was like the older son in the parable of the prodigal son and like many of us when we are given the opportunity to receive salvation from God. We turn away and prefer to live in the hardships and heartache of sin. The themes of this novel were excellent and clearly portrayed. These themes included the love offered by our Father and the inheritance that is held in trust for us by God until the time when we leave our stubbornness and sin and come into His arms. Overall, Covenant Child was a beautiful picture of the love of our Father and His never failing patience as He waits for us with open arms and blessings. I received this eBook from Booksneeze.com and Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Garrett

    This book is life changing!! I have long been a reader of all things Terri Blackstock. She is one of those writers I have to read when I see she has a new book out. Except I just found out the book I thought was new, isn’t. It’s a repackaged book. Well it’s still new to me. Paul Holbrooke is a billionaire many times over. His son, Jack, is a pilot and has asked to be left out of Paul’s will and instead to donate the estate and Jack’s inheritance to Christian charities. Jack’s wife dies weeks after This book is life changing!! I have long been a reader of all things Terri Blackstock. She is one of those writers I have to read when I see she has a new book out. Except I just found out the book I thought was new, isn’t. It’s a repackaged book. Well it’s still new to me. Paul Holbrooke is a billionaire many times over. His son, Jack, is a pilot and has asked to be left out of Paul’s will and instead to donate the estate and Jack’s inheritance to Christian charities. Jack’s wife dies weeks after giving birth to their twin daughters, Lizzie and Kara. When the twins are three, Jack remarries Amanda. Within six months Paul, his wife (who I believe is unnamed) are being flown by Jack to a wedding. Only they never arrive. Their plane crashes killing all of them. Paul’s will leaves everything to Jack and since Jack does not die until hours after his parents, he inherits it. He leaves everything to Amanda and has asked that she take care of his children. Of course she agrees. Only the day of the funeral, Eloise and Deke, Jack’s first wife’s parents, show up expecting to take the girls home with them as their closest living blood relative. Amanda battles it out, the adoption has been put in motion but had not yet been completed. Ultimately she loses the girls who spend the next fifteen years living as poverty stricken, abused children when they are heiresses to a vast fortune. The spiritual implications in this book are staggering. I couldn’t help but think over and over, “Man! I live just like they do! I have a vast inheritance and I’m choosing to live the lie.” This book was for me a fresh smack between my eyes with a 2×4. The book smacks of God‘s forgiveness, grace, mercy and great love for all of us. Even when we refuse to believe Him, even when we say we want nothing to do with Him. Even when we willfully choose our own path. He is there when we come to our senses and come back to Him. He showers us with more goodness, more of Himself and everything that is ours by right. Honestly, dear readers, you MUST read this book. It’s Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock. It is a novel but it will change your life. I guarantee you that.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christie Hagerman

    Publisher's Description: Kara and Lizzie are heiresses to one of the largest fortunes in the country. But when their father dies suddenly, the toddlers are ripped from the arms of Amanda, their loving stepmother, and given to their maternal grandparents, who only want the children’s fortune for themselves. While even the stipend their guardians get for supporting them is squandered, the children are left to raise themselves. Kara and Lizzie grow up believing they are worthless . . . until the day Publisher's Description: Kara and Lizzie are heiresses to one of the largest fortunes in the country. But when their father dies suddenly, the toddlers are ripped from the arms of Amanda, their loving stepmother, and given to their maternal grandparents, who only want the children’s fortune for themselves. While even the stipend their guardians get for supporting them is squandered, the children are left to raise themselves. Kara and Lizzie grow up believing they are worthless . . . until the day when they learn the truth. I've read other books by this author, but this is by far her best yet. She strayed from her usual mystery-thriller genre to write this heart-warming story with real characters, believable dialog, and a plot that pulls you in and doesn't let go. I particularly liked the part of the story where (view spoiler)[ the twin sister shares about her life since moving "home," (hide spoiler)] and I was reminded of the importance in telling those who aren't yet a part of God's family, how wonderful it really is. This modern-day parable rang so true to the lives of people I love, and at times my own life, that I bawled through half of it. What a beautiful picture of the Father's love for us, of the inheritance He offers us through His Son, of the lengths He goes to in wooing us into His family. As strongly as that was portrayed, this book still wasn't preachy, and I could imagine non-believers enjoying the story line without thinking about the parallels to the Christian life. But knowing the "story behind the story" made reading this book a rich experience for me, one I will be reflecting on for a while. I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishing through netGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Kara and Lizzie have had a very hard life. Their mother died in a car accident a little while after they were born, so they never knew her. Their father, Jack, fell in love with Amanda and married her. But, tragically he and his parents died in a plane crash about six months later. The twins were three, and even though Amanda is their stepmother and had promised to take care of the twins, there are problems. Kara and Lizzie have money, so unseemly forces in the family sue for custody and win. Th Kara and Lizzie have had a very hard life. Their mother died in a car accident a little while after they were born, so they never knew her. Their father, Jack, fell in love with Amanda and married her. But, tragically he and his parents died in a plane crash about six months later. The twins were three, and even though Amanda is their stepmother and had promised to take care of the twins, there are problems. Kara and Lizzie have money, so unseemly forces in the family sue for custody and win. The girls aren't loved or wanted for anything but their money, and their choices reveal their feelings of worthlessness. Amanda has kept fighting for Kara and Lizzie, living on the estate she was given in the will, hoping to give it to them one day. But as the twins approach 18, all of the lies they have been told about Amanda along with the truth Amanda tries to get across to them, cause difficult choices to be made. Will the twins act as one and accept/reject Amanda? Or, will they be divided on the subject, causing more heartache for each other? Amanda had made a promise to Jack, but will she be able to keep any part of it? Come, follow this heart breaking story to its conclusion. This book made me feel all kinds of emotions. I could feel the love Amanda had for the girls, the confusion and pain the twins felt, and was angry at the family members who used them for the money. The story is compelling and the characters lifelike. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good story filled with emotional twists and turns. It will probably keep you thinking, as it has me. I received my free review copy from the Book Sneeze program for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    When I got this book, I wasn't too sure what to expect but I did have a fair idea that I would enjoy it and I loved it and read it in one sitting. Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock is a loose modern retelling of the Parable of The Prodigal Son. In the beginning we meet twins Kara and Lizzie , their father Jack and Stepmother Amanda. They lived as a happy family, away from the spotlight of Jack's billionaire father. All was well until tragedy struck and not only did Jack's parents die but also Ja When I got this book, I wasn't too sure what to expect but I did have a fair idea that I would enjoy it and I loved it and read it in one sitting. Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock is a loose modern retelling of the Parable of The Prodigal Son. In the beginning we meet twins Kara and Lizzie , their father Jack and Stepmother Amanda. They lived as a happy family, away from the spotlight of Jack's billionaire father. All was well until tragedy struck and not only did Jack's parents die but also Jack himself in a tragic plane accident. Soon Amanda is left as heiress to the fortune and stepmother to the two little twins. The news of the money though gets out and out from the woodwork appears Sherry's parents - the girls grandparents from their mother's side wanting custody of the girls and their money. Amanda not having a leg to stand on, loses out and soon begins the journey and story of two little rich girls who were deprived of what really should have been theirs all along. On their eighteenth birthday, Amanda strikes out to the girls and is received with mixed emotions- Lizzie is happy to see her and moves in with Amanda but Kara - believing the lies that she has been told and out to think that Amanda robbed them of her fortune takes a stroll down the opposite path , a path of destruction,lies and eventually pain and hurt. Can Lizzie and Amanda convince Kara, that this is the way for her or will it have to take another tragedy to occur for Kara- the prodigal daughter to find her way home ? Covenant Child is a book that you won't be able to put down and a story that will tug at your heartstrings

  26. 5 out of 5

    Winnie

    Selection for one of my book clubs – otherwise, I probably would not have read since Christian fiction is not my genre of books even though I am a Christian. From Publisher’s Weekly………”In a contemporary spin on the concept of biblical "covenant" that also functions as a parable of accepting and rejecting faith, Blackstock offers a somewhat improbable tale of one woman's promise to her husband to care for her stepchildren. Kara Holbrooke and her twin sister, Lizzie, lived a middle-class existence Selection for one of my book clubs – otherwise, I probably would not have read since Christian fiction is not my genre of books even though I am a Christian. From Publisher’s Weekly………”In a contemporary spin on the concept of biblical "covenant" that also functions as a parable of accepting and rejecting faith, Blackstock offers a somewhat improbable tale of one woman's promise to her husband to care for her stepchildren. Kara Holbrooke and her twin sister, Lizzie, lived a middle-class existence with their doting father, Jack, who nixed a life of moneyed pleasure despite his father's wealth. Shortly after their birth, the twins' mother, Sherry, died in a car accident. When the girls were three, Jack married Amanda, but six months after the wedding, he and his parents were killed in a plane crash. The twins are easy prey maybe too easy for Sherry's redneck parents, Eloise and Deke Krebbs, who smell money and go to court to claim the girls as their own. Amanda is the beneficiary of her in-laws' billion-dollar-plus estate, but she loses custody of the twins. Bound by her promise to Jack, she manages the estate with an eye to returning it to the girls. But brought up in the ghastly home environment of the Krebbs, the twins grow into hard-drinking, shoplifting, promiscuous teenagers who are taught to hate Amanda. At age 18, the girls must decide if they will accept or reject an offer from Amanda that could change the course of their lives. Blackstock's characters are fairly one-dimensional, and it's a rather far-fetched plot…….Inspirational fiction fans will likely suspend their disbelief and enjoy the story.”

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erica Hiser

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really enjoyed this book even though it drove me CRAZY! The beginning was so sad and upsetting the way the court system works, I can’t image how different their lives would have been with Amanda. Why didn’t she fight for shared custody or visitation rights! I also am surprised that she didn’t intervene in their lives more often, but I guess maybe she thought it would be best not to disrupt their lives. I found myself yelling at Amanda over and over and then yelling at Kara over and over!! If I I really enjoyed this book even though it drove me CRAZY! The beginning was so sad and upsetting the way the court system works, I can’t image how different their lives would have been with Amanda. Why didn’t she fight for shared custody or visitation rights! I also am surprised that she didn’t intervene in their lives more often, but I guess maybe she thought it would be best not to disrupt their lives. I found myself yelling at Amanda over and over and then yelling at Kara over and over!! If I found myself in that position I would have left the night before with those kids, but as we see in the book everything happens for a reason. It’s so sad how her father passes away right after, she never seems to get a break! I like the way the book incorporates bible verses to go along with what she is going through. Now on to Kara, I was so angry with her for not leaving with her sister but OK she had to work out some things on her own but come on after Lizzie wrote her and explained that Amanda had proof… what more did she need. I was also angry with Lizzie for not dragging her sister along. Again if I were in the situation I would have dragged my sister along with me and not taken no for an answer! But then again it’s a book and I enjoyed reading about the inner struggles everyone had to fight and work though for themselves to develop who they become. The epilogue wrapped the whole story up in a beautiful bow for me and I love the fact that Kara devoted her life to helping children in similar situations. In the end I was surprised how much I liked this book and recommend it to anyone looking for inner strength, or just a beautiful story about love, loss and family.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tima

    This book was difficult to write a review for. I finished the book several days ago and just can’t seem to put my thoughts into words. The story is about a woman who marries the man of her dreams. He has twin daughters and she falls in love with them too. But months after the marriage the man dies and her daughters are ripped from her arms to live with their grandparents who didn’t acknowledge them before the death of the wealthy father. Fifteen years later the girls are old enough to inherit the This book was difficult to write a review for. I finished the book several days ago and just can’t seem to put my thoughts into words. The story is about a woman who marries the man of her dreams. He has twin daughters and she falls in love with them too. But months after the marriage the man dies and her daughters are ripped from her arms to live with their grandparents who didn’t acknowledge them before the death of the wealthy father. Fifteen years later the girls are old enough to inherit their father’s fortune. But they don’t remember their step-mother and are suspicious of why she wants to give them a fortune with no strings attached. The story was beautiful. I enjoy Teri Blackstock’s writing so I enjoyed the story. My only problem was separating the story from the allegory. The story was obviously an allegory of the plan of salvation and I think I would have enjoyed the story more if it was one or the other. My thinking about how each part fit into the allegory disturbed the flow of the story for me. Since I also knew what would happen I read the story differently than I would had I been anticipating the end or climax of the story. While I really enjoyed this story, I don’t think it’s one I’ll re-read. It is a book club (or study) book complete with an interview with the author and discussion questions at the end. I received this book free of charge from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Kara and Lizzie should have had it all but life won't give them a break. As newborns, their mother died leaving their father to raise them alone. Just when he had found love with Amanda and was newly married, he died in a plane crash. These preschool girls should have been raised by their step-mother (as she had promised their dad) in a life of luxury but instead are whisked away by unloving grandparents who squander away their money and leave the girls to fend for themselves. Amanda won't give Kara and Lizzie should have had it all but life won't give them a break. As newborns, their mother died leaving their father to raise them alone. Just when he had found love with Amanda and was newly married, he died in a plane crash. These preschool girls should have been raised by their step-mother (as she had promised their dad) in a life of luxury but instead are whisked away by unloving grandparents who squander away their money and leave the girls to fend for themselves. Amanda won't give up on the girls despite not being permitted contact with them. You'll have to read for yourselves to learn more about the twins' lives and what happens to them because Amanda never gives up on her promise to their dad. WOW! This is one of those stories that keeps you from wanting to put the book (or Nook) down and walk away. It's a captivating story of the promise of one woman to her husband, it's a story of hurts and healing, it's the story of a prodigal. It's a story that most anyone will want to read because of its message that God is always there waiting for us; He won't force himself upon us but is waiting for us to come home to our inheritance. I read a newly released version that has an additional chapter although I dont know which one

  30. 5 out of 5

    Teena Stewart

    When twins, Kara and Lizzie Holbrooke’s mother dies a few months after giving birth, their father Jack does the best he can to raise them as a single parent. A few years later he meets and falls in love with Amanda, who is enamored with Jack and his charming daughters unaware that he is heir to the billion dollar Holbrooke fortune, a fortune he relinquished in an effort to have a normal life. Shortly before they marry, Jack reveals this to Amanda. Their happy marriage is cut tragically short by When twins, Kara and Lizzie Holbrooke’s mother dies a few months after giving birth, their father Jack does the best he can to raise them as a single parent. A few years later he meets and falls in love with Amanda, who is enamored with Jack and his charming daughters unaware that he is heir to the billion dollar Holbrooke fortune, a fortune he relinquished in an effort to have a normal life. Shortly before they marry, Jack reveals this to Amanda. Their happy marriage is cut tragically short by a plane crash which ends Jack’s life. Amanda’s world crashes as well as the twins’ grandparents from Jack’s first marriage claim to be the closest blood kin. They win custody, ripping the children from her care but all they really want is the fortune. As the girls vanish from her life, Amanda is left to try to curate the remaining fortune and keep it ready for them when they come of age. Meanwhile the twins are reared in poverty, because their grandparents squander the funds. They are grossly neglected but hope prevails and a inheritance awaits them if they will only believe and accept that there is someone who truly loves them despite their sins. This is an endearing and symbolic tale of love, hope and forgiveness. I give it four out of five stars.

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